Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s office announced in a tweet this afternoon that all cinema halls will be permitted to open from October 22, as the state relaxes restrictions in the wake of a decline in Covid cases.
The protocol that will be followed once movie theatres reopen is currently being developed and will be issued soon, according to the Chief Minister’s office.
Maharashtra, which has the country’s highest total Covid case count, is gradually loosening restrictions as immunisation progresses. In Mumbai, 41% of the population has been fully vaccinated, with a further 88% having taken their first dosage.
Schools across the state will open from October 4. “We are starting schools from October 4. In rural areas, it’s going to be classes 5-12, and in cities it will be classes 8-12. To arrive at this decision, we consulted the task force on Covid… we took their opinion and included in the government resolution. We discussed it with the health department and the health department also has given us clearance and the Chief Minister has also permitted us today to go ahead with the decision,” the state’s Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said.
The state government also stated on Friday that beginning October 7, the first day of Navratri, all places of worship will reopen. “All places of worship will reopen for devotees from the first day of Navaratri, i.e., 7th October 2021, while observing all COVID safety protocols,” Mr Thackeray’s office tweeted.